Mountain Times: Feeling good about Truckee Tahoe
February 2, 2010
LAKE TAHOE andamp;#8212; We returned Saturday from a week at our timeshare at Snowbird, Utah, just in time for the Senior’s Bingo Night at the new Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District Community Center. More than 400 people attended this fundraising event to benefit andamp;#8220;Meals on Wheelsandamp;#8221; and other Sierra Senior Services programs. Thanks to all the Truckee Inter-Club participants who organized and put on this annual event; and to all the cooks, local restaurants, prize and silent auction donors, who gave of their time and made their generous contributions. Service Club organizers included: Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner, the Truckee Lion’s Club, Truckee Sunrise Rotary, Truckee Optimist Club, and Truckee Noon Rotary.Pam Hobday and Norm Justesen were honored at the event as andamp;#8220;Truckee Citizens of the Year.andamp;#8221; They both received plaques and were given well deserved accolades by presenters Lorna Leyton and Dan O’Gorman. Both Pam and Norm have spent countless volunteer hours in the support of our community. Their participation in, and organization of, different community fundraisers, have helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for worthwhile causes in our town. Congratulations and thank you for your commitment to Truckee and its citizens.Sarah Deardorff, the director of Sierra Senior Services, was the mistress of ceremonies for the evening, and her staff consisting of Sandy Madigan, Debbie Turner and Clydine Meadville stayed very busy in the kitchen making sure all the good food and desserts were set out in a timely manner.All age groups were well represented including a good number of seniors (including our favorite reader, Mary De Lisle) down to school-aged kids who seemed to enjoy the festivities nearly as much as the adults. Most everyone participated in the 10 bingo games, with May Candler being the big winner of the night, receiving nearly $1,400 for winning the blackout game. May, in turn, donated half her winnings to Sierra Senior Services andamp;#8212;nice gesture, May.And, guess who is going to the andamp;#8220;happiest place on earth?andamp;#8221; Lisa and Keith Abrahams won four tickets to Disneyland in the raffle. Congratulations Lisa and Keith. If you need some company you can call on the Colquhouns or the Nicholls!This wonderful community event exemplified what is special in our community andamp;#8212; people looking for a good time, as well as to support good causes. Way to go Truckee.Snow, snow, snow …What a great system of snow storms we have had the last couple of weeks. Prior to our departure for Utah, our local ski areas were boasting from 6 to 9 feet of new snow. The day prior to our arrival in Utah, the white stuff started falling there and it snowed a reported 7 feet over the next five days. The Nicholls family enjoys snow and skiing, and I think Alan got in seven or eight powder days in a 10-day period (both here and there)! Alan is still walking; Alice and I are not fairing as well.Joining us in Utah were other Truckee timeshare owners Bill and Pat Johnson; Gregg, Cindy, Bodyn (Bodie) and Dillon Bashford, and Alan’s best friend, Matt Williams (son of Linda and Bernie Williams of Northstar). Matt flew out from Denver to join us for three days. Matt’s wife, Rebecca, surprised Matt at Christmas by giving him airline tickets for the trip. Matt and Rebecca joined us the previous three years back there, and last year Rebecca learned she was pregnant while at Snowbird.Matt and Rebecca are proud parents of 4-month-old son, Maxwell. We thank Rebecca for sharing Matt with us, and also thank her mother for flying out from Wisconsin to help take care of the baby during Matt’s absence.We had a great time, excellent skiing conditions, but it is always great to be back home. Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Rd. in Truckee.